UITKYK GRAND RESERVE CHARMS GERMAN-BASED PANEL OF EXPERTS
Uitkyk’s 10-year-old Grand Reserve brandy, unusually made from both red and white grapes and subtly layered with fruit, vanilla and clove, has charmed another panel of judges, this time winning a gold medal at the 2011 International Spirit Awards (Internationaler Spirituosen Wettbewerb), based in Germany. Last year, the potstill estate brandy won gold at the 2010, earning the highest rating in its category at the London show.
The ISA awards are accredited by the OIV (International Organisation of Wine and Vine) and use judging panels whose members are not only trade and industry experts but also barkeepers and scientists, to offer a distinctly comprehensive insight into the samples they appraise. Made from Cinsaut, Chenin blanc and Clairette Blanche grown on the Stellenbosch farm, Uitkyk’s Grand Reserve brandy was double-distilled in 920 litre-copper stills, heated in the traditional way, over an open flame. The distillate spent a full decade in 300-litre medium-toasted Limousin oak, first for nine months in new oak before being transferred to third-fill casks to create a gentle finish.
Winemaker at Uitkyk, Estelle Lourens describes the brandy as finessed in style with a classical profile. “The emphasis is on nuance and subtlety with layers of fruit, tempered by notes of vanilla and clove.”
Locally, Uitkyk Grand Reserve sells for around R358 from the estate and selected outlets.